AGE 65 I TOKYO, JAPAN I JAPAN
After a commitment to the piano in her childhood, which included a performance with the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra when she was 12, Hiroko Toya decided to pursue a career in law. After passing the National Bar Exam, she worked as a public prosecutor in Japan for many years, dealing with criminal cases. More recently, she taught for three years at Meiji University’s School of Law, transitioning in 2016 to become an attorney for the government of Japan. She recommitted to the piano in 2008, and finished third in the Osaka amateur competition in 2015 and won a prize at Warsaw’s Chopin amateur competition in 2018. It was at the latter that she heard of the Cliburn Amateur from other participants and decided to apply; Hiroko’s goals for the Competition include sharing joy with the audience, meeting and learning from fellow pianists, and introducing people to the Russian composer Zaderatsky.